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Austen, Jane

Rare books by Jane Austen, including first editions, copies in fine bindings, and handsome sets of her collected works.

Jane Austen is one of England’s most revered writers, known for her witty novels of manners. Four of her full-length novels were published during her lifetime in three-volume format, beginning with Sense and Sensibility in 1811, and her most successful work, Pride and Prejudice in 1813. NorthangerAbbey and Persuasion were published posthumously together in four volumes in 1818. Austen’s earlier novels had been financially successful, but sales of the final two tailed off.

Her books remained out of print for 12 years until publisher Richard Bentley purchased the rights and issued the first inexpensive, single-volume illustrated editions in his Standard Novels series. But Austen remained a relatively marginal author until the publication of her nephew’s Memoir of Jane Austen in 1869, which renewed interest in her books and led to increasingly serious literary analysis of her work. In the 1890s, collected editions, many of them illustrated, began to appear. Today her first editions, the Bentley editions, and the later collected editions are all highly sought-after by collectors.

Regularly stocked editions of Austen's works include: the Complete Works, The Winchester Edition, first Clarendon Press edition, Second Chapman edition, Adelphi edition, Chawton edition and Brock's illustrated edition.

Read our blog entry By A Lady: First Editions of the Novels of Jane Austen

Watch a video of Adam Douglas, our Senior Specialist in Early Literature, introducing a selection of Jane Austen’s first editions and explaining how the different Jane Austen bindings affect value..

Rare books by Jane Austen, including first editions, copies in fine bindings, and handsome sets of her collected works.

Jane Austen is one of England’s most revered writers, known for her witty novels of manners. Four of her full-length novels were published during her lifetime in three-volume format, beginning with Sense and Sensibility in 1811, and her most successful work, Pride and Prejudice in 1813. NorthangerAbbey and Persuasion were published posthumously together in four volumes in 1818. Austen’s earlier novels had been financially successful, but sales of the final two tailed off.

Her books remained out of print for 12 years until publisher Richard Bentley purchased the rights and issued the first inexpensive, single-volume illustrated editions in his Standard Novels series. But Austen remained a relatively marginal author until the publication of her nephew’s Memoir of Jane Austen in 1869, which renewed interest in her books and led to increasingly serious literary analysis of her work. In the 1890s, collected editions, many of them illustrated, began to appear. Today her first editions, the Bentley editions, and the later collected editions are all highly sought-after by collectors.

Regularly stocked editions of Austen's works include: the Complete Works, The Winchester Edition, first Clarendon Press edition, Second Chapman edition, Adelphi edition, Chawton edition and Brock's illustrated edition.

Read our blog entry By A Lady: First Editions of the Novels of Jane Austen

Watch a video of Adam Douglas, our Senior Specialist in Early Literature, introducing a selection of Jane Austen’s first editions and explaining how the different Jane Austen bindings affect value..

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  1. Autograph signature.
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    Autograph signature. c.1809–17]

    £32,500

    The signature was originally attached to a fragment of a letter sold at Sotheby’s (23 July 1987, lot 36) to an unnamed recipient about dining at the Great House (i.e. Chawton Great House). The fragment was reproduced in Jo Modert’s Jane Austen’s Manuscript Letters in … Read more

  2. Pride and Prejudice: A Novel.
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    Pride and Prejudice: A Novel. 1813

    £87,500

    First edition. The second of her full-length novels, begun in August 1796, when Jane Austen was the same age as her heroine, and finished in August 1797, “First Impressions” was offered by her father to Thomas Cadell on 1 November 1797 as a novel in … Read more

  3. Sense and Sensibility.
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    Sense and Sensibility. 1813

    £12,500

    Second edition. An attractive copy in an uncommon contemporary binding. Sense and Sensibility was first published in late 1811, and the first edition was sold out by July 1813. This second edition, with the text significantly revised by Austen and the substitution of “By the … Read more

  4. Mansfield Park: A Novel.
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    Mansfield Park: A Novel. 1814

    £15,000

    First edition of Austen’s third novel. Mansfield Park was begun about the same time Sense and Sensibility was accepted for publication and was published in May 1814 in an edition of 1,250 copies. John Murray later “expressed astonishment that so small an edition of such … Read more

  5. Mansfield Park:
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    Mansfield Park: 1814

    £16,500

    First edition of Austen’s third novel. Mansfield Park was begun about the same time Sense and Sensibility was accepted for publication and was published in May 1814 in an edition of 1,250 copies. John Murray later “expressed astonishment that so small an edition of such … Read more

  6. Emma:
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    Emma: 1816

    £14,500

    First edition of the last completed of Jane Austen’s novels, fully displaying her mastery of free indirect speech, an innovation in the English novel. She had fallen out with Egerton over publication of Mansfield Park and transferred to Murray, who published the second edition of … Read more

  7. Austen’s Novels:
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    Austen’s Novels: 1886–92

    £3,250

    A very handsome set; apparently a reprint of the Steventon edition of 1882 and rather scarce: both Keynes and Gilson report having “not seen this”. Read more

  8. Pride and Prejudice.
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    Pride and Prejudice. 1894

    £2,250

    First Hugh Thomson edition. Handsomely bound by Bayntun-Riviere. Read more

  9. Pride and Prejudice.
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    Pride and Prejudice. 1894

    £6,000

    First Thomson-illustrated edition, one of 250 large paper copies for Britain, with another 25 done for America. Thomson’s “light touch and feeling for period manners provide a charming and accessible gloss to the author’s work” (ODNB). Beautifully bound by the Chelsea Bindery. Read more

  10. Pride and Prejudice.
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    Pride and Prejudice. 1894

    £1,500

    First Thomson edition, first impression, attractively bound. Thomson’s “light touch and feeling for period manners provide a charming and accessible gloss to the author’s work” (ODNB). Read more

  11. [The Novels:]
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    [The Novels:] 1895–7

    £1,750

    First Brock edition of Pride and Prejudice, first Thomson editions of all other novels. Presentation set with the publisher’s embossed stamp to each title page. C. E. Brock (1870–1938) illustrated Pride and Prejudice, one of his earliest appearances as illustrator, producing forty pen-and-ink drawings in … Read more

  12. Sense and Sensibility.
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    Sense and Sensibility. 1899

    £750

    Elegantly illustrated by Hammond, bound in the attractive art nouveau-style gilt decorated cloth. Read more

  13. The Novels.
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    The Novels. 1900

    £3,000

    A handsomely bound set. Read more

  14. The Novels.
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    The Novels. 1903–10

    £1,850

    A handsome set of Jane Austen’s novels with illustrations by Hugh Thomson and Charles E. Brock. Read more

  15. The Novels.
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    The Novels. 1906

    £3,000

    The Winchester edition; considered the most attractive of the unillustrated editions of Jane Austen’s works produced around this time. A handsomely bound set. Read more

  16. The Novels.
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    The Novels. 1905–06

    £2,450

    The Winchester Edition, the most attractive of the unillustrated editions of Jane Austen’s works produced around this time. The Winchester Edition was first published by Grant Richards in 1898; this is the first John Grant issue. Read more

  17. The Novels and Letters.
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    The Novels and Letters. 1906

    £6,000

    Limited edition, number 954 of 1,250 copies. C. E. Brock (1870–1938) first appeared as an illustrator of Jane Austen for Macmillan’s 1895–7 series, though he illustrated only Pride and Prejudice, with Hugh Thomson illustrating the other five titles. That series appeared in black and white, … Read more

  18. The Novels.
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    The Novels. 1911-12

    £4,500

    The Winchester edition; considered the most attractive of the unillustrated editions of Jane Austen’s works produced around this time. In this enlarged issue, the set has two additional volumes, comprising Lady Susan and The Watsons, taken from the 1871 Memoir, together with Jane Austen’s letters. Read more

  19. The Novels.
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    The Novels. 1922

    £1,875

    A most attractively bound set of the charmingly illustrated novels, first published with Brock’s illustrations between 1907 and 1909. C. E. Brock (1870–1938) first appeared as an illustrator of Jane Austen for Macmillan’s 1895–7 series, though he illustrated only Pride and Prejudice, with Hugh Thomson … Read more

  20. The Novels.
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    The Novels. 1923

    £3,750

    First Clarendon press edition. One of a limited edition of 1,000 sets on large paper with the letters in 2 volumes. Read more

  21. The Novels.
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    The Novels. 1923

    £3,750

    First Clarendon press edition. One of a limited edition of 1,000 sets on large paper with the letters in 2 volumes. Read more

  22. The Novels.
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    The Novels. 1923

    £3,750

    First Clarendon Press edition, one of 1,000 sets printed on large paper. Read more

  23. The Novels [and] The Letters.
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    The Novels [and] The Letters. 1923–32

    £4,500

    Large-paper edition, limited to 1000 sets, of which 950 are for sale. A particularly handsome set of Austen’s novels. Read more

  24. The Novels.
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    The Novels. 1926

    £1,500

    Second Chapman edition, originally published by the Clarendon Press in 1923. A very attractive set. Read more

  25. The Novels.
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    AUSTEN, Jane.

    The Novels. 1926

    £1,500

    Second Chapman edition, originally published by the Clarendon Press in 1923. A very attractive set. Read more

  26. The Complete Novels.
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    The Complete Novels. 1928

    £1,375

    First one-volume edition. Read more

  27. The Complete Novels.
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    The Complete Novels. 1928

    £1,250

    First one-volume edition, first impression, attractively bound. Read more

  28. The Works.
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    The Works. [c.1940]

    £500

    Complete set of the Adelphi Edition of Austen’s works. This edition was originally published by Martin Secker in 1930. Read more

  29. [The Novels:]
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    [The Novels:] 1950–55

    £2,250

    An attractively bound set of the charmingly illustrated novels, first published with Brock’s illustrations between 1907 and 1909. C. E. Brock (1870-1938) first appeared as an illustrator of Jane Austen for Macmillan’s 1895-7 series, though he illustrated only Pride and Prejudice, with Hugh Thomson illustrating … Read more

  30. Emma.
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    Emma. 1991

    £225

    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1816. Read more

  31. Sense and Sensibility.
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    AUSTEN, Jane.

    Sense and Sensibility. 1992

    £225

    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1811. Read more

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